Ok, so we’ve been doing construction since we got here a week ago (wow, that went fast!), but today was the day that things started to really take shape. Thanks to actually having the container the construction crew made huge progress today: All four walls are up and the tresses are all in place! Doran, Kent, Pete, Russ, and Chris, with the help of a growing contingent of neighborhood help, got the morning off to a great start by getting the container onto the slab.
Oh yes, in the haste of our late night unpack, the container was emptied, flopped off the truck on it’s side, then flipped upright next to the slab for the container. Yes, next to.
So first up this morning, Russ had an idea, took a walk through the neighborhood and then this happened:
I hear rumor there’s a video, or you can feel free to bug Russ for the story when we get back. So the carton was placed on the slab. Huzzah!
The construction team has been attracting quite a crowd in the community over the week, getting to know a lot of the local people (our neighbors are now even growing peanuts!), and have had volunteers from within the community in addition to the boys. All that help really knocked things out today, and as of 5pm, you could really tell it was a house!
While construction was bustling at the site, a group of us got up early this morning to head to Belleview, which is just north of Monrovia to visit a large feeding center, run by Liberians for Liberians. The depth of the operation is awesome, and they are extremely excited to begin using the peanut butter to feed these hungry kids. How powerful to know that some of the children we met today, will be helped by the peanut butter being produced by the peanut butter house.
Today was another full day, it just passed midnight here and I need to get to sleep, we have a big day tomorrow. Thanks to Luther, our team will be meeting with the Vice President at 10am! We all scrambled for some dressier attire this afternoon when we found out, so we’ll be looking good, though most of us are still going to meet him in sandals. You do what you can, right?
Everyone is thinking of, and missing family and friends back home. We are very busy here, but please know that you are in our hearts and minds as we do this work, which you made possible!